Meet local authors in Edwards Friday
Ryan Summerlin September 5, 2012
On the heels of a busy summer season, The Bookworm will host another Local Author Showcase highlighting popular local writers Friday night. The 15-year-old bookstore has hosted several of these events to showcase a growing number of self-published local and regional authors. It continues to be the leading source of literature from resident Eagle County writers.In a community of booklovers, local topics and authors often reside on the store’s weekly bestsellers list. Tonight, the path of reader and writer will meet with eight authors in an open house setting to talk about their literary works.A look at the authorsEveryone sells every day of their lives, said James Barry in his book “Selling in Today’s Economy: Applying Laws of Physics and Performance Art to Gain the Cutting Edge.” Whether it’s convincing our friends to go to our favorite new restaurant, getting our children to exhibit desirable behaviors, or getting our significant others to do what we want and need, the power of love applied appropriately can compel others to follow your direction like a fallen tree is compelled to flow in a raging river. “This book is unlike any other sales guide written,” Barry said. “It applies science and art to sales by linking sales fundamentals to classic acting technique (acting is not pretending) and laws of physics as they pertain to human dynamics.”Gypsum resident and writer D.A. Brockett specializes in unsolved cold case murders and mysteries of the Western Slope. In her new book “Wicked Western Slope: Mayhem, Mischief & Murder in Colorado” Brockett shares a collection of stories on crime in the old west, which is distinctive due to the nature of the land and the pioneering spirit. “I love history, and try to write in such a way that you are dropped right into the time and place,” Brockett said. “I want my readers to meet these people and situations face to face, and be engaged on a personal level with the past.”For most of the last 35 years, author John Hall has worked as a professional auditor, business results consultant and speaker. “Do What You Can! Simple Steps-Extraordinary Results” is based on observing and working with successful people from all walks of life, and it shows people how to achieve the results they want. “This book will challenge the reader to stop, think, and then act in new more effective ways,” Hall said. “Its themes of personal responsibility for results, effective daily action and leaving behind habits and beliefs that undermine success will prompt readers to do what really needs to be done to achieve their goals – whatever the goals might be.”Photographer and writer Joshua Hardin shares photographs taken over a span of more than five years traveling through the state’s mountains, plains and canyons in his book “Classic Colorado.” Hardin wanted to share his work with others as well as promote the stunningly scenic locations of our state. “We have all benefited from the work of our predecessors in protecting many of the scenic locations that are available for us to visit,” he said. “Our system of national, state and local parks and wildlife areas is truly extraordinary. Another reason I published this book is to remind others that these locations are still worthy of our attention and should continue to be set aside for future generations to enjoy.”Stories from the early women of Vail are now recorded for posterity in “Women of Vail: Those Who Walked This Bridge 1962-1970,” which celebrates Vail’s pioneers from a female perspective. Co-publishers Elaine Kelton and Carolyn Pope have produced accounts of these life experiences and photos from then and now to coincide with Vail’s 50th reunion year. The book includes their stories and memories tempered by time and perspective. Kelton said, “Peter Siebert and Dick Hauserman told the Vail story from different perspectives and the women still needed a voice. Carolyn and I set about completing the circle of the stories of early Vail. It really did take a village to complete the book.” More than 130 women contributed their stories to the book.Michael Kurz’s background in the military and extensive traveling sparked an interest in fiction with sophisticated plot lines and the devious actions of those looking to accomplish nefarious ends by any and all means possible. In his book “Edge of the Void,” Kurz explores human decadence and depravity, what it takes to summon courage in the face of withering odds, the triumph of love over hate, the threat of good technology falling into bad hands and the terrible cost of battle. “It’s a homage to the great fiction writers of our time, who believe that intense action and vivid characters tell the story best,” Kurz said. “I want my readers to know that I will continue to present clever, plausible plots and characters that will elicit strong feelings that range from admiration and respect to fear and loathing … all true to the realities of our lovely, yet very dangerous world.”World traveler Dagny McKinley wrote “Lessons My Mother Taught Me: The Good, the Bad and the Questionable” after spending time with her nephew and acknowledging the difficulties of parenthood. “My mother had three children – each a year and a half apart – and this book pays tribute to the beauty and humor she brought into our lives, but also looks at the lessons she taught that had negative effects on our upbringing,” said McKinley. “My mother passed when I was 15 years old. Writing about her brought back a lot of memories and a lot of the pain. One of the most difficult parts was deciding to put in lessons that weren’t always positive. I wanted this book to be an honest portrayal of my mother, which meant including all types of stories, not just the good ones.””The Gluten Free Fat Loss Plan” by Allison Westfahl, is a simple, effective guide to losing fat and getting fit by following a gluten-free diet. It is appropriate for everyone, even if you don’t have a diagnosed allergy to gluten. Westfahl created a gluten free meal plan for her personal training clients, and they all saw wonderful results. “I was raised on a wheat farm in Kansas and spent my entire childhood ingesting and inhaling wheat (one of the three grains that contain gluten),” she said. “I was always sick as a child – chronic ear and sinus infections, constant digestive problems – but at the time we didn’t have the necessary medical information to make the connection between my health problems and what I was eating. Eating gluten-free has not only helped me lose 20 pounds, it has also cleared up all of my health issues, including my former need to tap a nap on a daily basis.”Kelli Kostroski is the marketing and events manager at The Bookworm of Edwards.